Insomniac audiobook recommendations: The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Some girls in the office were disparaging audiobooks the other day, going so far as to claim they were for people who ‘can’t be bothered to read books’. Outrageous!

To make up for this terrible slur, here’s my tip-top favourite-ever audiobook; an audiobook that’s better and richer and funnier than the print version and I promise you’ll love it.

What is it?

The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is a big hearty romp through the Iowa childhood of beloved travel author Bill Bryson.

Snigger! As Old Man Bryson does calisthenics on a plane. Wince! As trusting post-war Americans enjoy ‘atomic toilets’. Marvel! At Grandma Bryson’s insatiable desire for rutabaga.

Is it funny?

Oh yes.

Will it help me fall asleep?

Yeah! Relax, and let Bill’s sonorous tones wrap you in warm Americana as you slide into blissful oblivion. Even better: Because it’s a very loose narrative with no real plot*, it doesn’t matter if you lose your place or miss a bit.

*Spoiler: Billy grows up and becomes a travel author.

Should I buy it?

Do it. Yes, the audiobook is abridged, but Bill’s sweet impressions of his family and childhood pals more than make up for it.

 

More audiobooks for insomniacs:
Old Harry’s Game

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2 Responses to Insomniac audiobook recommendations: The Life & Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

  1. Nik says:

    Loved that book. Particularly the Toity Jar episode.

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